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Office of Emergency Management | Infrastructure Resiliency | Psychology of Earthquake Preparedness

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 20, 2016

Why don't we prepare for earthquakes, even though we know they are coming? And just what might happen along the Oregon coast when the massive earthquake and tsunami hit?

Oil Trains In Washington | Earthquakes In Indian Country | Imaginary Friends | Soviet Diaspora: Family

OPB | Broadcast: June 9, 2016

We explore oil train traffic on the Washington side of the gorge, how Native American tribes are preparing for a Cascadia earthquake, the psychology of imaginary friends, and how post-Soviet immigrant families navigate generational and cultural divides.

Finicum Funeral | News Roundtable | Earthquake Warning

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 5, 2016

We hear from LaVoy Finicum's funeral in Utah today. And we'll discuss some of the biggest news of the week in our news roundtable. Also, we'll hear about a system that would send an alert in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

Evolution Can Happen Quicker Than Previously Thought

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 21, 2015

A fish called the threespine stickleback shows massive evolutionary changes don't always take place over millions of years. Sometimes 50 years is enough.

Healing After The Tsunami

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 30, 2015

Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett explored the spiritual and emotional aspects of Japanese life after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

What Holds Us Back From Being Prepared For A Disaster?

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 14, 2015

We know a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake isn't a matter of "if," but "when." So, why do we put off preparing for it?

What Is The Future Of Coastal Communities After A Megaquake?

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 13, 2015

A look at what water infrastructure can tell us about the survival of coastal communities after what could be the largest natural disaster in American history.

Earthquake Preparedness: What's In Your Kit?

OPB | Broadcast: May 19, 2015

OPB challenged four Oregon families to live off their earthquake preparedness kits for a weekend. We'll find out how the experiment went.

News Roundtable: May 1, 2015

OPB | Broadcast: May 1, 2015

We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Lessons For Portland From The Christchurch Earthquake

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 20, 2014

MONDAY: We'll talk to the director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management about her fact-finding mission to Christchurch to see its response to the 2011 earthquake.

Napa Valley Rocked By 6.1 Earthquake

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 25, 2014

MONDAY: We'll explore the geology behind the quake, the emergency response, and what it all means for the Pacific Northwest.

The Next Tsunami

OPB | Broadcast: March 27, 2014

THURSDAY: Bonnie Henderson's new book, The Next Tsunami: Living On A Restless Coast, explores how our understanding of seismic activity has changed over 50 years.

Audit Finds Problems In Office Of Emergency Management

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 11, 2014

TUESDAY: An audit released Monday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office suggests that the state's Office of Emergency Management faces internal challenges that could hamper disaster response.

Oregon Earthquake Commission Predicts Potential Catastrophe

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 6, 2013

The state's Earthquake Commission finds Oregon is drastically unprepared for an inevitable quake.

Oregon's Japanese Community

OPB | Broadcast: March 21, 2011

We're talking to people in the Northwest who have deep connections to Japanese residents. What insight can they provide about news, needs and the human side of this natural disaster?


OPB | Broadcast: March 11, 2011

The Oregon coast faces a tsunami warning after a massive, deadly earthquake in Japan.

The Big One

OPB | Broadcast: April 21, 2010

Are Northwest people and places ready for the Cascadia subduction earthquake?

The Shoulder Season

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 28, 2009

What happens when tourists leave the beach?

Rx: Personal Values

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 19, 2009

What do you expect from the healthcare system?

Is Oregon Prepared?

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 3, 2008

Looking back at disasters in Oregon's past as well as preparing for the future.